Category Press and Media

The Gender Police and Women’s Loos

Ladies, we’ve all been there, queuing for the loo with that growing sense of dread – did I remember to put my birth certificate in my handbag? As we all know, access to women’s facilities is subject to approval from the gender police, and the terror when you approach the attendant with the explanation that […]

The Importance of Trust in the Media

On Friday evening, after I had delivered a TEDx talk in Corsham, I found that I was listening to myself on Radio 4’s Today in Parliament. The programme had decided to summarise recent events in the Joint Committee on Human Rights’ inquiry into freedom of speech and no platforming in universities – something you may […]

What, exactly, is no platforming?

Earlier this week I was asked whether I would go on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show to discuss freedom of speech and no platforming in universities. This comes on the back of giving evidence in December to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights on the same topic. Sadly, I had to turn the BBC […]

Another Day, Another Inaccuracy

I have just submitted this formal complaint to the BBC about an interview this morning on freedom of speech and no platforming. Basically, the allegation that Germaine Greer and Peter Tatchell have been no platformed keeps being broadcast by the BBC. It’s time for this to stop. On BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, […]

I had thought that by the time I reached my 50s the bullying would stop

I still remember all the feelings of being bullied at school – the constant attacks while the teacher wasn’t looking; the general low-level nature of the abuse, so that any reaction was viewed as extreme, but with some peaks where fights break out. All the time you feel powerless. No-one seems to do anything to […]

Today’s Transphobia

Around 10:30 this morning, I received an email from one of the researchers on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme who I spoke with at length last month. He was working towards what turned out to be a half-hour slot on last Wednesday’s programme. In his email today, he wondered what in particular was transphobic in […]

The Morning After the Murray Before

It was at around 9:50am that I realised that yet another Sunday was going to bite the dust, hearing Prue Leith describe Jenni Murray as “brave” for entering the lions den of a debate around trans women. And so yet another of my rare days off was consigned to the dustbin of history. The more […]